In 2010, more than 1,900 Riesling wines from ten countries competed in four categories: - dry, - semi-dry, - fruity & sweet, and - noble sweet.
Bottled top wines and predicate wines made out of Rheinriesling grapes from all wine growing areas were allowed to compete. As far as wines from other EU nations are concerned, only wines with protected origin are allowed. Wines from third countries have to be labeled with more precise geographic information than only the country of origin. All the Riesling wines competing must allow to be classified in one of the categories. Each participant can register his/her wines for the competition by 18th of April.
This year again, the jury of that top-class event consists of internationally renowned sommeliers, oenologists, vintners, wine traders and wine journalists, the minister says. They evaluate all the wines competing in the probably biggest Riesling tasting in the world, which is taking place on 14th and 15th of May in Neustadt as well as (for the final) on May 30, on the Hambacher Schloss (Hambach castle). The wines are being assessed according to the test scheme of the International Wine Office (OIV).
Additionally to the three best wines of each category, three special prizes are awarded for wines that stem from a non-German growing area: “Best Riesling from the New World”, “Best Riesling from steep slopes”, “Best Riesling within the LEH” and “Best Riesling in Europe”.
The Meininger publishing house, which organizes and finances the event together with the ministry, is the partner of the “BEST of RIESLING” 2012 competition. (red.yoopress) (red.yoopress)